J Bookwalter Winery
"Conflict" Red Blend
Dionysus Vineyard, Columbia Valley, WA
Suave and complex with classical aromatics of currants and dark berries married to new French oak and savory earthiness, this wine provides abundant pleasure now. Greeted initially with aromas of currants, dark cherry, red fruit, however as the wine opens more subtle notes surface - sage and dried herb, notes of violet, and a persistent notes of coffee bean. The palate is soft and supple, with a medium acidity - typical of Columbia Valley. Flavors of bright red fruit, blackberry bramble, bayleaf, and toasted oak. This rich wine will age for a decade or two, enjoyable with a host of foods throughout those seasons.
47% Cabernet Franc
J. Bookwalter has grown from one of Washington’s oldest wineries into one of Pacific Northwest’s most recognized boutique wine brands. Their wines are wrapped in fun literary themes - a play on the family name - and because a portion of their revenue goes to supporting literacy in eastern Washington.
Ten generations of the Bookwalter family have been involved in American agriculture leading to the culmination of founding Bookwalter Winery in 1982. Jerry Bookwalter, of generation nine and father of current company president John Bookwalter, led the family into viticulture by studying at UC Davis and then working in the San Joaquin Valley. Jerry moved to Washington and helped manage the planting of Sagemoor, Bacchus and Dionysus vineyards and then served as the vineyard manager of the famed Connor Lee Vineyard.
"Midnight Moon" Aged Goat
Though known for the award winning Humboldt Fog cheese, Cypress Grove was founded by a single mother searching for a way to give her childred a healthy source of milk. Founded in 1983 by Mary Keehn, Cypress Grove is now considered a leader in the domestic goat cheese market and has been internationally awarded for excellence.
Blushing, ivory colored goat cheese that's been aged 6 months or more. Similar to a Gouda, as Midnight Moon ages, protein crystals form and lend a slight crunch to the otherwise dense and smooth cheese. Flavors are nutty and brow buttery to start, then evolves into a long caramel finish.
Two things: One - I love a well thought out brand and with other wines named after literary terms like conflict, protagonist, sublot, and other named after something book related - notebook and readers. It's a delightful turn at branding - chef's kiss.
Two - I love when a region that is not as widely recognized really produces a stunner. Bookwalter wines do just that, consistent quality, and a depth of complexity that makes the argument that you shouldn't sleep on Washington wines - especially those reds!
An hour max drive from Seattle, and you can find yourself sipping some Bookwalter Wines at their tasting room in Woodinville. Enjoy the occasional live music and food on their outdoor patio.
Only 1,880 (6-pack) cases produced.